January 2, 2014 – 2:38 am

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San Francisco 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the California Matrix Coffeehouse, San Francisco, CA; August 1966. Good to very good soundboard.

Thanks to CoolSonics, kneesfudd (and everyone involved with this) for sharing the tracks at Dime. This is generally regarded as one of the earliest known live QMS recordings.

kneesfudd noted: “While this recording’s still got some audio blemishes, it enters the ear canals with a MUCH more delectable sound than on other commonly circulating versions as it has less hiss and clearer sound. It also offers three additional numbers from the same evening(s), including yet another early version of Hair Like Sunshine with different lyrics.

Additional notes by kneesfudd:
- VERY fine enjoyable SBD but primitive mix with some foibles.
- Warts: Quality varies somewhat (though mix roughly the same thruout). Got some hum. #8 has a bit of dropout/fluctuation, especially left channel. #10 cuts. #14 vocals distorted at times. #9-#19 have some non-repairable dropouts/glitches but I fixed many of them or reduced their impact.
- John [Cipollina]’s reel labeled only “Matrix 1966″. 1966-08-09 or 10 date(s) are guesswork on other circulating copies. If August, it should be one of (or a mix of) 8, 9 or 10 (Tuesday-Thursday), a three-nite stand according to chickenonaunicycle.com.
- Little Walter & His Band opened (and possibly alternated sets).
- My source noted John’s reel(s) as 110 minutes, but the other 20 minutes sent with this was clearly a different source/night/mix.
- Significant quality UPGRADE & LONGER than two common circulating versions.
- #17-19 NOT the same versions as 7-9, but same source/mix and different sets/nights of identical vintage.
- Other circulating versions note Hair Like Sunshine has some different lyrics. Both versions here are the early variation. Version #2 has a clear segue from Dino’s Song.

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soundboard > unknown stereo reel to reel recorder > (? >) John Cipollina’s reel (not necessarily the master and doesn’t sound like it).

Cipollina reel > DAT > metal cassette > digital wavs.
Multiple sets and/or multiple night run at the Matrix.
Quality UPGRADE & LONGER than most circulating copies.
remastered without EQ

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Little Dandelion 2:11 (3.7MB)
Track 02. All Night Worker 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 03. Hoochie Coochie Man 6:07 (10.3MB)
Track 04. Duncan And Brady 3:11 (5.4MB)
Track 05. Pride Of Man 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 06. You Don’t Love Me 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 07. Dino’s Song 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 08. Hair Like Sunshine 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 09. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 10. Mona 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 11. Got My Mojo Working 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 12. Remember Me 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 13. I Hear You Knocking 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 14. Runaway 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 15. Smokestack Lightning 11:28 (19.3MB)
Track 16. Susie-Q 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 17. You Don’t Love Me 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 18. Dino’s Song 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 19. Hair Like Sunshine 5:00 (8.4MB)
80 mins

Jim Murray - vocals, harmonica, tambourine (?)
John Cipollina - electric guitar, vocals
Gary Duncan - electric guitar, vocals
David Freiberg - electric bass, vocals
Greg Elmore - drums, percussion

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  2. A great find for me. And now I know what John Fogerty did in August 66. :-) Thank you very much!

    By Kint on Jan 2, 2014

  3. thanx a bunch for the older stuff especially this one

    By rickyn on Jan 2, 2014

  4. what did fogerty do? that comment confused me.

    By darth on Jan 2, 2014

  5. darth confused ,it must be a new year

    By the duke on Jan 2, 2014

  6. Kint…the Stones also recorded a version of Susie Q in 1964.

    By JB on Jan 2, 2014

  7. a nice way to start the new year, bigO!


    By I-) on Jan 2, 2014

  8. At least Fogarty and his boys played the right chords.

    By the emperor`s new clothes on Jan 2, 2014

  9. Yes, JB, thank you. It sounds a bit like the 1st Creedence album to me, Darth. Right chords - they rehearsed about a year. :-) Love Creedence by the way.
    … a happy new year to everyone - PLUS big thanks to BigO.

    By Kint on Jan 3, 2014

  10. The Everly Brother, Phil, the younger one- has died at age 74.


    By sking on Jan 4, 2014

  11. The death of Phil Everly is a sad loss due to COPD from cigarettes, per reports. His son said that his voice was still beautiful in his later years. Condolences to his family and to Don Everly. Giants in the rock and roll early era, from Country music beginnings.

    By Job Hunter on Jan 4, 2014

  12. I was just thinking that we lost so many musicians in 2013 and here we go only three days into the new year.
    Man those brothers could harmonize.There has to be something in the dna of siblings that sing together that give them such unique harmonies.
    Think of the voices of the gibb brothers, or the wilsons etc, its uncanny how they sing together.
    thanks bigo

    By sluggo on Jan 4, 2014

  13. What a nice slice from the past! Mona cooks, Smokestack Lightning is awesome and Hair Like Sunshine is cool.

    By Bernestalker on Jan 5, 2014

  14. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/gary-grimshaw-dead-at-67/

    By darth on Jan 15, 2014

  15. I guess “Good to very good soundboard” is in the ears of the beholder. Being a QSM fan since the days they were actually playing, I can’t help but download these ROIO, but I am constantly disappointed by the audio quality.

    Hey, I know this stuff is going on 50 years old, but I keep getting my hopes up. Some newer releases offered as “good to very good soundboard” recordings are, indeed, very good.


    By oldfart on Jan 22, 2014

  16. Verry good!

    By vietnam danang on Dec 21, 2015

  17. Hey, I know this stuff is going on 50 years old, but I keep getting my hopes up. Some newer releases offered as “good to very good soundboard” recordings are, indeed, very good.

    By vietnam danang on Dec 21, 2015

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